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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - The re-naming of Parks Schoolhouse Road was the most discussed and debated agenda item during the first meeting of the new year for the Waxahachie city council Monday, Jan. 4.

Construction of the Parks School House Road project involved the construction of a four lane boulevard that runs from the 287 Bypass to Main Street.

According to Director of Public Works Jeffrey Chambers, the route Parks Schoolhouse Road has historically followed is no longer a single continuous road.

If the name is not changed, it will require a turn onto a distinctly different road in order to continue along the same name street.

A handful of long time residents raised questions about the sudden change of name including Patricia Parks, the granddaughter of the family whose name the road was named after.

"The Parks family is very well known and Waxahachie is known for saving history," said Parks.

"Strange this would come before us now, I thought the fight was defeated years ago when there was a ballot option to change the name of the road and there was overwhelming support to keep it [the name of the road] the way it was."

The council addressed they have spoke with the post office who they could still forward the mail to everyone if a change of address was made for the next two years.

"I think she’s right when she mentioned history," said Councilman Chuck Beatty.

Agreeing the name of the road shouldn’t be changed, Beatty mentioned the most simplistic way would also be the most destructive.

While City Manager Paul Stevens says going with Option C (the third of four choices) would be certainly the most disruptive, it would help in the long haul.

"Option A [keeping the road mainly as is and what the residents protesting liked] would be fine for short term," said Stevens.

After back and forth consideration the council decided to wait on deciding until further study and discussion with the police and fire chief were made.

Mayor Pro-Tem Buck Jordan, filling in for Mayor Ron Wilkinson’s absence, said the item will be placed on the agenda for the next regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.19 at 7 p.m.


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